Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Enigma by Moira Rogers [Review]

Enigma (Southern Arcana #6) by Moira Rogers
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: April 13, 2014

Southern Arcana
1. Crux
2. Crossroads
2.1. A Peyton Family Christmas
2.5. Zola's Pride
3. Deadlock
3.5. Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral)
4. Cipher
5. Impulse
6. Enigma - Kindle

Moira Rogers
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Anna Lenoir has always fought. First to escape her broken childhood, then to prove a female shapeshifter can stand shoulder to shoulder with the men. Now she fights for money, and her reputation is as legendary as her stone-cold heart. She’s never met a man she couldn’t walk away from.

Until him.

Bounty hunter Patrick McNamara has a scary reputation of his own, along with mysterious powers linked to his many tattoos. On the clock, they’re the perfect supernatural-crime-solving team. After hours, she’s ready to rock his world. But Patrick won’t settle for just her body, and Anna’s better at breaking homes than making them.

When the heir to the Southwest council goes missing, their combined skills are the best chance of averting a territory war. But the hunt will drag them through the most vulnerable parts of their broken pasts. Daring to risk her heart might be the first fight she loses, and the stakes have never been higher.

Because Patrick will sacrifice anything for her... even his life!
Thoughts on Enigma: It felt so good to climb into back into the Southern Arcana world. Badass shapeshifters, dominance fights in and out of the bedroom, bad guys who do VERY bad things, and characters who are wonderfully broken. Anna and Patrick have that last part covered in spades. Frankly, it only made me enjoy them all the more.

With Anna, we have a bounty hunter who honestly believes she ruins everything she touches. As much as she might want Patrick, she's determined to keep things casual so she won't drag him down when things go bad. Which is a sad way to live and it's wearing on her.

Patrick has his own set of problems. He's a powder keg of magical power and he has it bad for Anna. Since he's not a shapeshifter, he's had to learn how to hold his own against those who look down on him. He has friends in high places, but that doesn't make convincing Anna he's going to stick around any easier.

We get to revisit a few familiar faces (a lot of familiar faces, actually), see the dark underbelly of werewolf political maneuverings (dark-ish. More like the distasteful underbelly, really), and the really nasty things bad guys will dip their fingers into to get what they want. Oh, and Anna and Patrick? Pretty much smokin' every time they start steaming up the sheets. Or the wall. Or a table.

Frankly, I think they should be charged extra every time they check into a motel just to cover the cost of broken furniture. Those two are wild when the clothes start coming off.

Man, I've missed this world!

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